M C Mary Kom was India’s best boxer long before she became the first woman to grab a silver medal in boxing at the 2012 London Olympics. She had by then already bagged four world championship titles and was one of Indian’s most prominent boxer. But all went wrong after she failed to qualify for the 2016 Rio Olympics. Amazing all, the boxer who will turn 35 in two weeks has won the World Boxing Championship for the fifth time defeating North Korea’s Kim Hyang Mi 5-0 in the 48 kg category on Wednesday.
This is Mary Kom's first international gold medal since the 2014 Asian Games and her first medal in over a year. She had struggled with form lately and the girl who has a Bollywood movie to her name had almost become a distant memory in the tally of sports talents in our country. But this tournament saw Mary turn around things. She had not struggled during the initial blows of the matches and was seen performing her signature moves flawlessly.
During her final match, she was seen struggling to launch a hit against Hyang Mi but soon things turned around for the girl from Manipur. With a terrific display of counter-punching, she put her opponent on the back foot. The North Korean was offensive throughout but failed to make much headway as Mary Kom was once again up to the task, ducking well and fending off attacks using her body, even when she was taken to the corner of the ring. Towards the closing stages of the second round, Mary Kom sealed the contest by landing a couple of ferocious jabs.
This was the 34-year-old’s sixth final appearance in the Asian Championship. Apart from her five gold medals, Mary Kom also has a silver to her name.
Mary Kom wins gold in Asian Boxing Championship's 48 kg category by defeating North Korea's Kim Hyang-Mi.
— ANI (@ANI) November 8, 2017
Girls, I'm your biggest fan! Mary Kom won Gold in Asian Boxing Championship & Indian Women won Asian Women Hockey Championship👍. You all are the real champions because less money, less glamour, less fans couldn't stop you all🇮🇳 pic.twitter.com/sGcrGHIpna
— Kiren Rijiju (@KirenRijiju) November 8, 2017
Congratulations Mary Kom for clinching the gold at the ASBC Asian Confederation Women’s Boxing Championships. India is elated at your accomplishment. @MangteC
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) November 8, 2017